No KCPE, KCSE in 2020 as Pre-primary, Primary and Secondary schools to re-open in January 2021 – Education CS George Magoha

CS George MAGOHA: Pre-primary, Primary and Secondary schools to reopen in January 2021 ; No KCPE, KCSE in 2020

All learners or pupils in Grade 1 to 4, Standard 5 to 7 and Students from Form 1, 2 and 3 to remain in the same classes in 2021. Learners to remain in their current classes in 2020.

Education CS George Magoha:
There shall be no KCPE for the year 2020.
KCPE and KCSE candidates for 2020 will sit their exams later next year.
The school calendar of this year will be considered lost due to COVID-19.

Government says there will be no KCPE and KCSE examinations in 2021 because the current Standard 7 and Form 3 students will, practically, not be able to cover the curriculum load for 5 Terms in one year and sit for the examinations.

All basic institutions to be re-opened in January 2021 based on the assumption that the infection curve will have flattened or we shall have known much more about this virus.

Education CS George Magoha: Based on this disturbing trend of COVID-19 cases rising steadily, Education stakeholders have shelved the initial proposal to reopen schools in September for Class 8 and Form 4 learners.

The country will experience equity challenges when only two basic education classes reopen and transition, while all other learners lose one year.

Education CS George Magoha: In consultation with Ministry of Health we have agreed schools to reopen when daily COVID-19 cases reduce consistently for 14 days. Social and physical distancing is the most critical factor in ensuring safety of learners.

Reopening of universities will be on case by case basis, based on approved compliance to protocols by the Ministries of Health & Education. Universities should consider phased reopening to achieve physical & social distancing, especially in hostels, lecture rooms & dining halls

CS Magoha : Teacher training colleges and TVET institutions will be allowed to reopen from September subject to very strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols. There are only 140 of them. Those not able to regulate will remain closed.

KNUT SG Wilson Sossion: The flattening of the curve is what will guide us. Safety of learners and teachers at the place of work is very critical and important. We urge all parents to ensure the safety of the children until such a time that schools will be reopened.

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